See The 8 Dreadful And Most Powerful African Queens In History

8 Strongest Powerful African Queens In History

You can agree with me that in African history, we’ve heard of some names that will forever not be forgotten even in the next millennium. Also, our children will  remember those names for their great commitments, impact, power, influence, authority and sacrifice.

Also you can agree with me that it can never be so easy to surrender your life to a nation, your nation, fighting with the last drop of your energy with the aim of giving them hope of tomorrow and a better future.

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Below are these outstanding highly commendable' eight great women who have made history and imprint their names on the mountains of Africa and beyond.

Please I implore you to read this article with me as I am listing them out one after the other without any particular order.

1. Queen Idia of the Great Benin Empire, Nigeria

Queen IDIA was born in the 15th Century in Uzeghudu (now Edo State) and was married to Oba Ozolua. 

Her son, Osawe, was crowned Oba of Benin Kingdom with the title “Esigie” (Oseigie) and he reigned from 1504-1550 A.D.|

The Benin empire is the greatest in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Edos are a epitome of black African civilization. It saddens me when we sideline this great ancient civilization

Even the country once named Dahomey had to change her name to Republic of Benin because of the ancestral ties it has with the Benins of Nigeria.

Also the president of Togo in 1978 named the foremost university in their country, University du Benin, after visiting Benin where he also declared that the people of Togo have their history everywhere in Benin, Nigeria.

Queen Idia commanded and defeated an Islamic calvary force with only infantry Benin soldiers.

Egua-Iy’Oba (The Queen Mother’s Palace) was built for her in lower Uselu.

Till date, it serves as the final resting place for every Iy’Oba (Queen Mother).

Queen Idia enjoyed the privilege of recommending her choice of Chiefs to the Oba who conferred the title on them thereafter.

Queen Idia was the 1st woman who went to and fought in War.

She used her magical powers and knowledge of Medicine to help her son overcome his enemies. She was one of the best known female soldiers ever from the Benin Kingdom. 

She was a fearless Army General who led the Armies of Benin on several successful battles. One of such was the Idah War of 1515 – 1516 A.D. that was won by her Army who fought very bravely. She also acted as the Oba’s Agent in some Villages.

The use of symbolic images of Art identified with Queen Idia indicates her early contacts with the Portuguese and has become one of the most popular work of Art in World Black History. 

Several of such images of Art include: the Bronze ancestral Queen-Mother Head, the Bronze Bells, the traditional Sword (“Eben”), the carved wood rattle Staff (“Ukhurhe”), and many more.

The image of Queen Idia is the popular Festac Head that was used for the celebration of the Nigerian FESTAC ’77 – Festival of Arts and Culture in 1977 that was attended by dignitaries all over the World.

The Queen-Mother also started “Ekasa” – a special dance which forms part of the Royal Ceremonies till date.

Queen Idia’s tomb is located at Egua-Iy’oba, Uselu, Lagos Road, Benin-City.

The Benins are the only tribe that was not defeated by another African tribe in their over 1000 year history.

2. Amina the Queen of Zaria, Nigeria

Amina Mohamud was a Hausa indigiene, a warrior queen of the city-state Zazzau of which is currently in the North-West region of Nigeria.

One of the things notable about her was her leadership skills which were discovered early by her grandfather who permitted her to attend state meetings. 

Historians further describe her as one of the real rulers born in the mid-sixteenth century. Although she was given birth to in a royal family, she decided to embrace her military skills and successfully became one of the greatest warriors in her kingdom.

It was through her wisdom and smart tactics, she expanded Zazzau’s borders and made the city a centre of trade in the West African and Saharan region. The beauty was also the brains behind Hausaland’s fortified walls.

3. Kandake – the empress of Ethiopia

Kandake or Candace was rated as one of the most fearful war generals of her time. Historians made it known that she was known to be a fierce, tactical and uniting military leader.

She was further referred to as Candace, and she was of the zenith ranked as the most feared generals during her tenure. From what we gathered via historians, she was tactical and fierce, as well as uniting.

One of the thing she was best known was having an excellent military commanding skills, which saw her become one of the strongest and fierce female military tacticians.

4. Makeda – The Queen of Sheba, Ethiopia

The queen of Sheba, Makeda was popularly known to be a queen of incredible strength, after surviving a battle with the serpent king Awre. From what we gathered via Ethiopia’s 14th-century royal epic, Makeda was one of the greatest African queens.

History and records have it that she survived a battle with the serpent King Awre, who was troubling the northern Ethiopian Kingdom of Axum.

After emerging as the victor of the battle, she became the queen of Axum. She is one of the African queens in the Bible. She is famous for her story with the biblical figure, King Solomon of Jerusalem.

They had a son together and named him Menelik 1, meaning son of the wise. Menelik 1 became the first imperial ruler of Ethiopia and the first of the Aksûmite kings’ line.

Gathering from history, she and her son returned the Ark of the Covenant to Axum. It is through them that the lineage of the great East African and Nubian kings was established.

5. Nefertiti – Queen of Ancient Kemet, Egypt

Nefertiti, the Queen of Ancient Kemet, Egypt is also rated as one of the greatest African queens from ancient Egypt. Records have it that this woman was an epitome of beauty, strength, and power. Also historians say that she was born in a state located in modern-day Syria or the town of Akhmim.

However, she is believed to have married Akhenaten, who ruled Egypt from 1353 to 1336 B.C. They became parents to six children, including the famous King Tutankhamun. She and the king were behind the expansion of the Egyptian nation.

Furthermore, they were also responsible for establishing the cult of Aten, the Egyptian culture, promoting the country’s language and artwork. The couple was renowned for displaying their love in public, and by so doing, changed the culture. The beauty was portrayed as a woman of power and authority.

6. Yaa Asantewaa of the Asante Kingdon, Ghana

Yaa Asantewaa of the Asante Kingdon in Ghana led the Ashanti rebellion in 1990. It was also referred to as the Yaa Asantewaa War or the Golden Stool war against British colonialism. She was born on October 17, 1840, and she died on October 17, 1921.

She rose to power after she was appointed by her brother Nana Akwasi of the Edwesu kingdom.

7. Queen Moremi of Ile-Ife Kingdom, Nigeria

This is one of the most popular legendary queens on Nigeria, Queen Moremi of Ile-Ife Kingdom in Nigeria was a courageous woman and is discovered to have contributed to the Yoruba tribe’s liberation from oppression.

Brief story of her has it that she willingly surrendered herself to the invaders of her kingdom, got married to the enemy king, and wisely took opportunity that to discover the secrets of the group’s military strategy.

She then revealed that secret to the Ile-Ife people after she had managed to escape. She further assisted in bringing up a plan that led to Ile-Ife’s resounding victory over the invaders.

8. Queen Nandi of the Zulu kingdom

She is one of the ancient African queens and the mother of Shaka Zulu, one of the Zulu kingdom’s supreme kings. The Zulu kingdom was influential in the Southern African region. She was respectful and assertive when it came to rule the kingdom.

History has it that, she is believed to have fallen pregnant with Shaka Zulu out of wedlock. She faced great humiliation but remained adamant when it came to raising her son, who was King Senzangakhona’s son.

The End!

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